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Thursdays in Black ambassadors: “we cannot be silent” about gender-based violence in faith communities

In a joint message on gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and faith communities, 26 World Council of Churches (WCC) Thursdays in Black ambassadors lament that the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence continues unabated—and call on faith communities to prevent such violence in their own spaces. “As ambassadors for Thursdays in Black, and in our various leadership capacities, we have witnessed the increase in domestic and gender-based violence, including child marriage, in
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STATEMENT ON THE ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH MASSACRE IN OWO, NIGERIA

The World Methodist Council (WMC) joined religious leaders, civil society organizations, andgovernments in condemning the coordinated attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church.According to the latest reports, as many as 50 may be dead, including children, and scores are wounded. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the WMC, said: “Gunning down innocent peoplecelebrating the Feast of Pentecost is a cowardly and sacrilegious deed.” He further expressedcondolences to the bereaved families
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Prayers answered, Nigerian Methodists released

Bishop Michael Stephen of the World Methodist Council Steering Committee and former Archbishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria shares the following from the latest news of the kidnapping of the Prelate alongside the Bishop of Owerri Diocese Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain, The Very Rev. Shittu, which was received with great shock and sadness when it happened.   “We are thankful that God heard the prayers of the people that went out across
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Statement on mass shooting – Uvalde, Texas

The General Secretary of the World Methodist Council called on Methodists to join prayers with thecommunity of Uvalde, Texas. He expressed his deepest condolences with the bereaved families andthose injured in the shooting rampage at Robb Elementary School. According to the Washington Post more than 311,00 students experienced gun violence at school sincethe 1999 massacre at Columbine High School. The shooting on Tuesday comes only 10 days after 10 people were
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